Thoughts from today’s reading of Matthew 26…
But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” 25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “You have said so.” 26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” 30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me,
What makes what Judas did and what the rest of the disciples did in their denial of Him different? Their actions both seem to fall into the category of betrayal to me—and yet, Jesus said “woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man” to Judas while there was forgiveness for the others. It’s true. The act of betrayal is betrayal. There’s no way around it. However, I think the difference between the betraying that Judas did and what the disciples did come down to the people behind the betrayal. Judas’ act was pre-meditated. He had given himself over to Satan—and to the betrayal. The disciples’ loyalty didn’t come into question until their denial. Both acts of betrayal revealed the true condition of their hearts. While the other disciples had fully given themselves over to Jesus, Judas never did.
I look at our journey and I don’t know about you, but I sure betray Jesus. I get pretty down on myself whenever I give myself over to sin. I’ve gotten better as I’ve progressed in my journey with Him, but it still messes me up when I do “betray” Him. What Jesus reminds me though is the true condition of my heart—one that’s been given over to Him and one that’s been forgiven and redeemed by Him as well. That doesn’t deny the fact that what I did was betrayal. But it also doesn’t negate the fact that He still loves me and I am still His. #desiringGod2017